Ok, it looks like a move to Vegas this summer is becoming a real possibility. That means I have to buy a car...yuck. <br><br>As you can see I'm not interested in automobiles, just a way to get somewhere for me, so I'm looking for an economical vehicle. Because of my lack of interest, I have a severe lack of knowledge too. Any ideas, links or advice would be appreciated. Are places like 'Car and Driver' the best place to look?<br><br>Here's what I want.<br><br> Small and cheap, with fuel efficiency pretty much topping the list<br> Maybe new, maybe a year old. I like having warranties for cars, though.<br> Goodies mean almost nothing to me. Shiny things, electric seats and all that mean nothing, but I DO need auto transmission and a good Air Conditioner!<br><br>Before I was very serious about this I had noticed that diesel cars get extremely good mileage, better than the hybrid cars (sadly) even. Is that a good idea?<br><br>I know there are very cheap cars like the Chevy Aveo, but how much of a trade is that initial price tag for a headache later?<br><br>
#222577 - 04/03/0505:54 PMRe: Car help?
Ford Focuses (Foci) are nice. I know four people at work that have them and love them. I'm with youI want reliable and inexpensive transportation, and driving to work isn't a fashion show. I don't need my vehicle to make up for deficiencies in my ego. That's what liquor is for.<br><br>
I have a 99 Dodge Stratus - very good car never had a problem, engine still spunky and great gas milage. Bought a Demo had 10,000 miles on it.<br><br>In fact both our cars were Demos = those are the cars that the sales manager drives for a year, so they are sold as used but still new sorta. Unlike buying new and you drive off the lot you just lost 6 ,000 off the value.<br><br>Look for a Demo<br><br>
I feel your pain. The lease on my Jeep ended the same week I moved to Manhattan almost 6 years ago, and it felt so good to get out from under the headache of having a car (not that the Jeep wasn't a terrific car). 5 heavenly years with no need for a mechanical beast. Needless to say, it was a drag to have to get a car again when we moved to Fla. last year, and I was in the same frame of mind as you small, cheap, dependable, and miserly on gas. So, having had a '91 Chevy Cavalier for 7 trouble free years before getting the Cherokee, I went there again. Only to please my wife, and not stand out too much in this land of Lexi and Benzes and *ugh* Hummers, I leased a 4-door with a trim package (larger tires and aluminum wheels, spoiler, 6-speaker stereo...). AC is pretty much standard these days, especially in warm climates.<br><br>So far, so good. No problems, excellent mileage, comfy and good handling. I think the sticker price was a little under $17K with the options package, so you could probably peel $2 or $3 thou off the price if you go basic.<br><br>
Loc: New Hampshire
Just a quick note about 1 year old cars.<br><br>Most of them were daily rentals (avis, budget, etc.) and I wouldn't buy one, considering you don't know how hard they were driven during the critical break-in period (first 5000 miles). Also I suspect the service on them in the first year. (oil changes)<br><br>If you get a used vehicle, go for something 2+ years - these were driven by nice old ladies that only driven with best of care. (just kidding). But you can purchase a full warranty on used vehicles, save a ton of money on the depreciation and still have a great vehicle under warranty.<br><br><br><br>
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